A: My care philosophy stems from my education and 25 years of experience in the nursing profession. I have a holistic approach to health - we can only view chronic physical symptoms when we consider the mind and spirit of an individual. I approach healthcare from a healthillness continuum where illness can be approached to expand one's consciousness, or become more of oneself. As opposed to looking at health as the absence of disease.
Q: What do you want your patients to know about you?
A: Flagstaff is home. I have been connected to the Flagstaff community for 22 years and am established and integrated within the community.
Q: What do you enjoy about being in the field of medicine?
A: I like the challenge and intricacies of making a diagnosis and treating the problem appropriately.
Q: Tell us about your specialty. What drew you to it and what keeps you in it?
A: As a child, I knew I wanted to be a nurse; I feel I was born into the healthcare profession. I worked as an RN in the emergency department, and the natural next step seemed to be primary care so I could be closer to the decision making and outcome process. Primary care offers endless unfolding opportunities.
Q: Does your scope of practice include holistic/integrative medicine?
A: I attempt to practice in a holistic manner, however I acknowledge most patients seek an allopathic approach. I studied somatic psychology for two years, which is an integrated mind-body approach to illness/ health. I have been studying yoga as a therapeutic modality for 20 years and occasionally integrate it as part of a treatment plan.
Q: What do patients tell you they appreciate about you?
A: Patients tell me I really listen to them and I have good instincts about their heath issues.